The Isao Takahata’s the Grave of the Fireflies, a Studio Ghibli production, is one of the greatest animated picture ever made. The Grave of the Fireflies is described to be
one of very powerful, moving, touching movie, an allegory of human failings and a quiet but unflinching look at two children caught in the peripheral effects of a war. The movie is considered to be the most painful and affecting movie ever likely to produce. Although an animated, having simple actions and scenes yet full of the great beauty and innocence that would not be possible otherwise, creating all the more contrast with the harsh and painful realities experienced by the characters. The story is based on a bestselling novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, a survivor of the firebombing of Kobe in World War II. Nosaka battled starvation and lost his younger sister to malnutrition. Haunted for years by the experience, driven by the guilt of his sister’s death, he wrote the book in hopes of silencing the ghosts surrounding him. The story of picture revolves round a boy and his sister, named Seita and Setsuko, ages 14 and 4, orphaned when their mother is killed in the firebombing of Tokyo. Both children were left to survive on their own in what remains of civilian life in Japan. Before American troops begin to occupy Japan, the children flee their disheveled home and deceased parents to make their bid for a new life. They travel to the home of a distant aunt, who turns out to be distant in more ways than one. Increasingly frustrated,
the aunt coldly discards the children.